Partnership for Change
Since 2011, the communities of Winooski and Burlington have been engaged in a conversation about how to “remodel” our education system for the needs and demands of 21st century life. Our goals are clear: to shape a hopeful and prosperous future for our two communities, and to ensure that all young people in Winooski and Burlington have the knowledge, skills, and habits they need to thrive in a complex, global society.
What is the Partnership for Change?
To support the work of remodeling our education system, the Winooski and Burlington school districts created the Partnership for Change. A research and innovation arm of the two districts, the Partnership serves as a bridge between the districts, an incubator of ideas, a dissemination of best practices, and a convener of community conversations.
A generous grant from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation has enabled us to jump-start this work. These resources will allow us to do much more than would otherwise be possible and to do it much more quickly.
The Partnership shares a common vision with Winooski and Burlington Schools:
We will create innovative, collaborative, and equitable learning organizations that inspire all learners to lead their communities to a dynamic and sustainable future.
Explore the documents and links below for more information about the Partnership for Change and the work being done to remodel education in Winooski and Burlington:
The Explainer – A 12-page document that explains why and how Winooski and Burlington are remodeling the public education system. (Suggested audience: all)
Work Plan – An in-depth plan for the school change work in Winooski and Burlington, including major objectives and milestones, key activities, and timelines. (Suggested audience: educators, parents, community partners)
Logic Model – A tool that illustrates the relationships between our vision, target population, assumptions, strategies and activities, outcomes, and impacts. (Suggested audience: all)
2014-15 Budget – A spreadsheet detailing the Partnership’s budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year. (Suggested audience: educators, parents, community partners)
Family-School Communication Study – A research study that evaluates the effectiveness of family-school communication in Winooski and Burlington and makes recommendations for improving communication so that all parents and guardians can be fully engaged in their children’s education. (Suggested audience: parents, educators)
Our Blog – A collection of journal entries and articles about our recent learning and progress on the way to a redesigned school system. (Suggested audience: all)
Our Progress – A gallery of the numerous new approaches to teaching and learning that are already emerging in our schools. (Suggested audience: all)